The Knottiest of Problems


If you’re anything like me, you will have a bag or a box of yarn that you daren’t look in. I have wall-to-ceiling cupboards full of yarns – recycled, vintage, hand spun, huge spools and tiny balls. Bags and bags of one kind of yarn and just the teeniest smidge of another.
 But I also have a couple of bags that I dare not look in, because somehow, perhaps by magic, the yarn in those bags has wound itself into knots. the various rolled up balls have decided to join together in the messiest of ways and I don’t want to look. If there’s one task I have no patience for, it’s detangling yarn.
My husband is pretty good at it though and will occasionally agree to detangle a stack for me, but I suspect that even he would draw the line at this mess.
I’ve recently discovered that there are people who love detangling yarn – really, truly love it. People who pay good money to buy tangled yarn on eBay just for the “joy” of detangling it all. What’s more, there are a lot of them; a group on Ravelry, Knot a Problem, has well over 2500 members – all people who love to rid yarn of all its tangles and knots.
A quick glance at some of the messages on the group showed that members were falling over themselves to help people out of a tangle. One poor soul posted a picture of around 30 balls of yarn that had gone in her dryer in a bid to dry them out after being caught in the rain. Needless to say, the dryer had caused havoc. As if that weren’t bad enough, there were some specialist yarns in there (read: a pain the derriere to untangle, frog etc because of their fluffiness). Well, she had dozens of members drooling at the possibility of getting their hands on it – people willing to sort that mess out, in return for chocolate!
So, next time your yarn is in a mess and you can’t untangle the knots, perhaps you should find a detangler in your area!

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